Author: Oliver A. Houck

You will not find Willow Springs by yourself, even on a map. Tucked away in the southwest corner of Louisiana, it has but one road along a sandy bluff leading down to Little River, past small houses tucked under the trees. It was named for groundwater that bubbled to the surface, and streams over sandy bottoms so clear you could see fish chasing bait to the line. People lived simply here with garden crops out back and farm animals wandering by. No one was wealthy but they tended to live full lives.

Then the trucks appeared.

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